Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Rebel Wilson's defamation damages are dramatically cut

Rebel Wilson's defamation damages are dramatically cut

Wilson launched action against Bauer - which publishes Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine - in May 2016.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson speaks to the media out the front of the Victorian Supreme Court after a jury of six has returned unanimous verdicts in favour of Wilson against Bauer Media.

The judgment, handed down by the Court of Appeal in Melbourne on Thursday, means the Pitch Perfect actress will receive about $3.9 million less than she had originally been awarded. "The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

Rebel Wilson's $5 million defamation payout from Bauer Media for defamation has been cut to $600,000 on appeal.

"While this case was never about the money for me", she wrote, "I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry".

Bauer successfully challenged the finding that Wilson should be compensated for film roles, including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, which she testified she had lost following the articles' publication.

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, General Counsel, Adrian Goss, said in a statement: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

Rebel Wilson speaks to the media
Darrian Traynor Rebel Wilson speaks to the media

The judge who determined the initial payout had relied on testimony from Wilson and two Hollywood agents that the articles, which were not published in the United States, still would have influenced movie industry decision makers, the appeals court judges added.

Her lawyers had been seeking more than $7 million claiming Wilson had missed out on major Hollywood film roles.

That sum would have been the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court.

The $650,000 compensation was also reduced to $600,000.

But regardless of how much in damages she's awarded, Wilson said she still considers herself a victor.

Wilson said in April that she and her legal team were "very confident" the original defamation payout would be upheld.

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